The power to Imagine...it’s life changing

 

 

 

Recently I was at a quarterly meeting in San Diego to connect with my business coach Joe Stumpf at “By Referral Only”  Real Estate Marketing University.


Joe asked: “Imagine what life could look like—if you removed/delegated even 1 or 2 of your current irritations & tolerations”. “Imagine what life could look like if you focused more on the “amazing” & ”your happy place”. “If you put the work into these changes—the pay off will be for a life time”. So lets “Imagine together…”


Imagine a couple of your work irritations and tolerations gone. What are the things that could be removed or delegated? One of our clients recently imagined not having to cut the lawn, shovel the snow covered driveway, and clean up after a winter storm...ever again. So they bought a townhouse! (one of my tolerations is the accounting end of our business. Fortunate for me, Marlene enjoys numbers and she took that over—and with that time I am able to work on bettering our team’s plans, systems and campaigns—” “In my happy place”)

 

Health, fitness & energy - Imagine 1 or 2 of your irritations / tolerations gone. (For me (Larry) - my “Happy place” is following a morning and afternoon daily ritual. By not guarding daily rituals—my toleration is low energy) For a friend of ours—their “happy place” is to imagine a regular work-out routine with a work-out partner or trainer.

 

Imagine family & relationships - What to do some people tolerate in relationships? Manipulation. Being driven by guilt, other’s 

expectations or always saying “yes” - but for the wrong reasons. (Marlene and I guard our hearts - when it comes to manipulation - we want our home to be our kids’, grandkids’ & friends favourite place to come to - This is our “happy 

 

place”) 

 

Joe asked us to “imagine our finances, our wisdom, growth & mental capacity and our spiritual life”. What would happen if we removed or delegated just 1 or 2 of our irritations and tolerations and spent more time in the “amazing” & “our happy place”

 

 

 

“Put the work into these changes - and the pay off will be for a life time…”

 

Larry

 

Encouraged or Discouraged? 

 

 

Have you ever noticed that when you focus on what is not working in your life, that you feel discouraged? 

 

When things don’t quite work out the way that I had expected them to or hoped that they would, my negative self talk can easily wreck my peace of mind. I have also found that when I focus on what is working in my life I get this feeling of encouragement. 

 

As an example:: I (Larry) was told by my doctor this past Spring that I was pre-diabetic. “ARE YOU KIDDING? I’m 6 ‘1” and 155 lbs...how could that be? I thought diabetes was a weight thing for larger or inactive people?!” 

 

“No, Larry,” my doctor went on to say, “you have been blessed with it geneti- cally. It’s in your DNA. Your Dad has it.”  So ok, here we go. No pasta, no potatoes, no bread and certainly no dessert.  Even minimal fruit. My inner self talk was screaming, “POOR ME!” and this continued at every dinner over the course of the next week or so. (You need  to know that I LOVE  bread, potatoes and spaghetti.) This was not good news to me...AT ALL. 

 

I have a few people in my life that encouraged me to go for it and make the change. I have made the decision to eat clean and exercise more and over  the past 6 months I can’t deny that I feel healthier and I’ve even gained some muscle and have lost an inch around my waist. Feeling fit and trim! 

 

Here is the nugget. We all hit bumps on the road, don’t we? We can have blue days (or really bad hair days), but encouragement can help bring us out of these valleys and dips. We just don’t have to live there. 

 

So...who are your ‘go to’ people who continuously speak encouragement into your life? Be an encourager and you will be encouraged right back. Try it out for yourself. The gift of encouragement.  We all have it. 

A Different Kind of Spring Cleaning

Spring time is nearly here, and for many it means tossing out the old, mopping and dusting the unseen places, and maybe painting or redecorating.

 

But there is another kind of spring cleaning – one that will spruce up our lives and brighten up our day.  What if we spring cleaned our relationships?  Scrubbing the stains off our marriages or relationships with brothers, sisters, friends or co –workers?

 

For a number of years, one of my siblings and I had been at odds.  We would still talk at family gatherings, yet it would be surface chatter.  It comes natural for both of us to sweep the dirt under the carpet, but it’s still dirt and I am more of a clean freak.

 

It was soon birthday time, and I woke up in the middle of the night thinking of the perfect gift I could give.  That morning I made the call – the birthday gift was one of an apology and that although we may not see eye to eye, we could agree to disagree and work on our relationship, love and forgiveness.

 

Wow!  The weight that fell off of me that morning put a big grin on my face!  I probably should have done it years ago as the gift was well accepted.

 

So, how are your relationships?  Who instantly comes to mind that you could tidy up that relationship with?  

 

Ah – Spring Cleaning – It’s time to take out the garbage…

 

 

-Larry